International Host Family Program

One of the ways Elgin Academy creates a diverse learning environment for students and faculty is through our international studies program. We proudly welcome families and students from across the globe to join our middle and upper school learning communities so they may share in the unparalleled success that an Elgin Academy education offers. 

Host an Elgin Academy International Student

We invite you to become a part of the Elgin Academy Community of host families. Make the dream of international study possible by extending the warmth of your family to a student who is far away from home. This is a great opportunity to learn about another culture while sharing your own family’s culture and traditions. Your support and guidance can help an international student be successful at Elgin Academy.

Host families are needed for students attending Elgin Academy for the upcoming school year. Opportunities are also available to host an international student for a short time (1 to 3 weeks) when they visit in the winter to look at our school or come to participate in a summer program. Additionally, host families are needed who are willing to take an international student temporarily while a permanent placement is arranged. Host families are paid a stipend to cover the extra costs that are incurred with hosting an international student.

For questions, please contact Katie Kruse, Director of International Studies, at or 847 695-0309 ext. 218.


Host Parent Testimonials


The Ward family

Having an international student at the time we did was nice because two of our children had left for college leaving our third as an only child. We were always used to a busy, crazy household, and it was getting a bit too quiet with only one child at home! Having the opportunity to offer our home to another student from a foreign country was great for all of us! The exchange of ideas and cultures was fun. I would highly recommend this experience to any family at Elgin Academy Margie Ward - Host parent to Yue “Fred” Zhao ‘15

The Moore's

We are so happy to have Roger be a part of our family. We have two upper school students here at EA, so adding a third was an easy transition. It has been interesting to see how Roger has impacted our family in a positive way. My children spend more time with each other and our family does more activities together. We enjoy sharing out culture and traditions with an international student and it is fun to learn about China from Roger. He is a wonderful addition to our household and I would recommend hosting to anyone. It is a very rewarding experienceTanya Moore - Host Parent to Tiyani "Roger" Chu '19

The Martin Family

Leila has become a member of our family. My husband and I have truly enjoyed “parenting” her for the last three years. It has been exciting to watch her grow as a student and mature into young adulthood. I have witnessed Leila’s dedication to her studies, and it is wonderful to see her effort yield positive results! In the fall, she is off to the University of Washington to study computer science. I am very humbled to have had the opportunity to help her realize her dream of going to college in the U.S. Other highlights of my time with Leila include helping her discover her talent for baking and watching her develop into a decent field hockey player. Leila has enriched our lives and greatly improved the quality of life for Max, our cat who clearly loves her the best!Lynn Martin – Host parent to Muwen “Leila” Li ‘17